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Columns

  • COLUMN - A visit by fairies?

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’ve heard of crop circles but Friday’s discovery of a mushroom circle on the family farm took me by surprise. I’d seen mushroom rings before but didn’t know much about the natural process that creates them or the sometimes eerie traditions associated with them.

    In fact, the rings are sometimes called fairy rings or elf circles. A little research turned up all kinds of interesting bits of history and lore.

  • As growing season nears end, cover crops prove multi-purpose

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardner

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 5 years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  

    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil it means we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean.  

  • COLUMN: To kill the cricket (or not)

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I have a cricket in my house but I’m not sure whether to feel grateful or resentful.

  • COLUMN: Newspaper degrades itself, students in Cannelton coverage

    By ROGER FISHER
    Guest Columnist

    I am on my third year as principal in Cannelton City Schools and I have worked in three schools prior to coming to Cannelton, at Mitchell, Paoli and Springs Valley.

  • COLUMN: Why openness matters

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Guest Columnist

    One of the fundamental lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

  • COLUMN: A northern beercation

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    It wasn’t that grand of a vacation in terms of time away from work, but a few days in southwest Michigan last week served to recharge my batteries and unlocked some of the often-overlooked attractions just to our north. It certainly whetted my appetite to return. My last week off was a self-planned “staycation.” I called it a brief but much-needed “beercation.”

  • Groups support limits on power-plants carbon pollution

    By HAROLD P. WIMMER & THOMAS FERKOL M.D.
    Guest Columnists

    Few things are more frightening for a parent than racing to the hospital with a child who can’t breathe. Few things are more difficult for a physician than telling a family that a loved one will not recover from an asthma attack. We work with people who know those experiences far too well and – because of those experiences – support reducing carbon pollution.

  • America must recapture its technological edge

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    The day was July 20, 1969. Arguably this day would forever go down in history as the single greatest accomplishment for any species on planet Earth; for it is the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon. It truly was one giant leap for mankind.

  • Never heard of ‘Snowpiercer?’ Don’t let that stop you

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame taking nominees

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last year, the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame was founded as a way to honor some of Indiana’s bravest and most selfless heroes. By sharing their accomplishments and stories of service, the organization aims to recognize those who have served our state and nation during times of war and peace.